Estonian government earmarks €500,000 to update state portal following July hack

By bne IntelliNews August 16, 2021

The Estonian government announced on August 13 it has allocated €500,000 to update the state portal, following last month's cyber-attack which saw a lone individual gain access to close to 300,000 personal ID photos.

Of particular concern is dated security systems and the fact that the various ministries and state agencies are responsible for their own cyber security – it was the State Information System (RIA) which suffered the attack.

The government decision will fast-track the modernisation of obsolete information systems on the state portal eesti.ee and improve security in the case of cyber-attack.

Tallinn is home to the Nato Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (CCDCOE), and is often touted as an international IT success story, with the e-residency programme perhaps the jewel in the crown so far as marketing goes.

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt (Reform) said that the altered threat situation in the cyber sphere makes it increasingly important for the existing digital services' cyber security to be kept up-to-date.

 

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